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I think that far too often, we refuse to 'abase' ourselves by liking content we deem 'low-brow' or 'for the public'. Sure, we can take filthy pleasure in it, but to appreciate it on it's merit seems absurd. How dare we abase ourselves. Academia, at least to some extend, takes a similar approach. Who, especially in the humanities, would cite an arxiv article in a paper they care about? It's not just being right- we need to appear right. Why is this? I would suggest that perhaps it is because we're worried about being wrong. We tend to correlate "right" with certain attributes that feel right. We're really just an unsupervised ML system trying to make correlations off of data that isn't relevant. Who cares what the smartest person you know eats for breakfast? Some might laugh, but we all care about irrelevant things. We try to correlate a certain attitude, or set of actions, or any observable characteristics with skill. It's not that simple. We'll never know, in our lifetimes, what makes someone work so well. Sure, we can find some things. You can forever chase someone else's success, and hope that by emulating them you achieve their success. But I would say you should live your own life. Not because you're special and you can find success, but because success doesn't really exist. Make your own observations, come to your own conclusions, and find what works for you. You'll be happier for it.

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